A Melbourne barrister and former university lecturer has been charged with possession of child abuse material and drug offences after detectives from Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police raided his CBD chambers.
Members of the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team arrested Harlis Kirimof last Thursday after executing a warrant at his office at Owen Dixon Chambers West on Lonsdale Street.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed that a 33-year-old man was charged with possession of child abuse material and a drug of dependence.
Kirimof told The Age that he intended to plead guilty to the charges, and thanked police for their handling of the investigation.
He will appear before the Magistrates Court on October 28.
Kirimof was admitted to the Victorian Bar as Practising Counsel in 2013. According to an online profile, he specialises in civil and commercial law, and has practiced across state and federal jurisdictions, including the Federal Court and Supreme Court of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
“Harlis has been a sessional lecturer, predominantly in the law of equity, taxation law and the law of evidence,” his profile on the Victorian Bar website read.
He had formerly worked as a lecturer at Swinburne University and Deakin University.
Graduating from Balwyn High School in 2006, Kirimof completed a bachelor’s degree with honours from LaTrobe University. He later completed a Masters of Law at the University of Melbourne.